Prelude to Sri Aurobindo-how his teaching poked my life

Spiritual life? What the hell is that? Do-gooders? Have they changed this evil old world one iota? My quest for spiritual insight, for spiritual “progress”, has ruined my life. I might have been somebody, but I gave up early, and retired early, to finish this thing, this “quest.” But I am not able to tell … More Prelude to Sri Aurobindo-how his teaching poked my life


Jubal played the flute better than Jethro Tull. People stopped cold when they heard his hypnotic Bouree, this hairy man sitting on a stinking zafu surrounded by garbage bags full of things. After every rendition, he would curse the small crowd and chase them away. Then he sat frozen for a while like a Socrates transfixed. People tossed him money despite his … More JUBAL

Why a Platonic paideia is critical for soul and civilization

  Note: paideia : training of the physical and mental faculties in such a way as to produce a broad enlightened mature outlook…(Merriam-Webster dictionary. For the past year or so I have been wrestling with how our society and culture will unfold as artificial intelligence digs in and takes hold. I have named this the “artilect … More Why a Platonic paideia is critical for soul and civilization


Dostoevsky famously wrote in The Brothers Karamazov that if God didn’t exist, then everything would be permitted. In our nihilistic society many believe that we have outgrown the need for the rules imposed by religious tradition and authority. Dostoevsky didn’t think so, but most people in the 21st century have come to believe that there are … More LOGOS

Basement Philosophy: Truth as Correspondence

  My commentary on Heidegger’s lectures on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave: Part 1: Truth. Everyone knows what truth is. Why turn it into an annoying philosophical question? This is the very type of thing that turns people off about philosophy: a sheer waste of time discussing something everybody knows about already. Take it from … More Basement Philosophy: Truth as Correspondence